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night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >>> holiday cleanup. strong storms rolled through our region, knocked out power, took down trees, and even caused evacuations. we'll show you the damage left behind. >> first let's take a live look outside right now. at this hour, we have 73 degrees. seems calm out there, but it is warm and humid on this july 4th. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm karen gilchrist. it is monday, the 4th of july. even yang has the day off. more than 10,000 people waking up without power. more than 10,000 dominion power customers in northern virginia out of
in afghanistan from asking her out. >> i'm sergeant moore, but you can call me scott. i wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the ball in greenville, north carolina. take a second, think about it and get back to me. >> 90,000 people have seen that video since sergeant moore posted it on tuesday. no word yet on whether she's seen the invitation or whether she'll attend. >> she should go. >> she should. >> she has 90,000 instant fans. >> they'll probably go viral so it will be close to a million tomorrow. >> he might not be an officer but he's obviously a gentlemen. >> what the word? rain? >>> it was on the warm side. we made it to 92 today but the dew point is, the real way it feels from a moisture standpoint in the atmosphere, the due point dropped down into the comfortable 50s this afternoon and that made all the difference. it will make the same amount of difference tomorrow. you need to get outside and enjoy your sunday because we all know if it's washington and it's the summertime, humidity cannot be gone for too long and it will be back and i mean soon. outside, on a beaut
at the height of the wars in iraq and afghanistan, walter reid came under fire for failing soldiers and their families. it was systemic neglect so shocking it demanded immediate action by president bush and leaders in congress. it was too late for walter reid. after a final salute from the military it served, walter reid will close. a place of healing taking its place in history. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> and coming up tonight in our next half hour of news 4 at 5:00, we'll have an exclusive look at the facility that will replace walter reed, and the cutting edge technology thatp be used to help soldiers rebound from war. >>> a robber who targeted a family dollar store. the holdup happened in glen burnie, maryland july 14th. the suspect covered his right hand with a pair of gym shorts and forced an employee to give him money from the cash register. if you recognize the man in the picture, call anne arundel county police. >>> carolyn anne galagos was arrested last night after she refused to stop her vehicle. officers turned on their sirens and lights, but she refused to p
about the u.s. fight -- rather in afghanistan. leon panetta said defeat is, quote, within reach. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. it's his first trip to that country since becoming defense secretary last week. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed al qaeda. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with ma mid karzai. >> the newlywed royal couple will go from the glitz to the gritty as they wrap up their north american trip. they are in los angeles. they got to attend a high-priced polo charity match. gina kim shows us their day full of fun, food, and glamour. >> reporter: a royal visit to tinsel town wouldn't be complete without a walk down the red carpet. saturday night so
.s. into another recession. >>> the first troops to leave afghanistan as part of the u.s. drawdown have handed over their security responsibilities to afghan forces. the 650 members of the iowa national guard's first squadron, 113th cavalry regiment are on their way home now. they completed 3,800 combat missions and trained 400 afghan police officers. president obama announced last month that he would pull 10,000 u.s. troops out of afghanistan in 2011, and the remaining 23,000 by next summer. >>> today, members of congress will join family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. they will help stitch together an american flag that became tattered and worn following the september 11th attacks. the flag once hung at the construction site overlooking ground zero. it has since traveled the country getting one stitch after another in all 50 states. once finished, the flag will language in the national 9/11 memorial museum that is now under construction at ground zero. >>> some members of congress are now calling for an investigation here in the united states. this move comes after journalists f
, awful trouble in afghanistan today. 19 people are dead including a bbc reporter. an insurgent bomb -- set off some car bombs there. this happened in central afghanistan in the urzugan province near police headquarters. three suicide bombers blew up cars packed with explosives in three simultaneous attacks. they have expressed regret over the killing of the bbc reporter, though, saying he was not their target. >>> right now investors around the world are anxious over this looming debt deadline. wall street has primarily been up this morning, despite four straight days of some steep losses and it may be waiting to react to a vote that comes later today on capitol hill. investors overseas, however, they have already lost confidence. many of asia's major indices closed down today, some as much as 1.5% lower, which is a big deal over there. >>> house republicans are hoping they can prove the world wrong when speaker john boehner's debt limit plan goes to a vote later today. but the short-term plan, which would cut about $900 billion from the deficit, it has already hit several snags. an
in afghanistan that kailled the mayor of kandahar. >>> plus, why a vote on john [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill. because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone for our best price -- just $84.99 a month for a year -- only available online. go to verizon.com/greatprice to sign up, and save $360 in the first year. fios is a 100% fiber-optic network that delivers superior picture quality, more hd, plus america's fastest, most consistent, and most reliable internet. there's no annual contract required. why keep paying for cable? get fios tv, internet and phone for just $84.99 a month for a year -- our best price -- only available online. ordering online is easy. have questions? you can even chat live with a fios agent. so don't wait. visit verizon.com/great price. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities that's verizon.com/greatprice. at 800-974-6006 tty/v. fios. a network ahead. >>> u.s. counterterrorism officials say al qaeda is lo
in afghanistan, a deadly bombing at the funeral of hamid karzai's half brother. >> plus not bluffing, the president issues a warning for congressional leaders before walking out of the latest debt meeting. >>> and now, ample warning, metro announcing a year's worth of station closings, including a major one during one of the busiest travel times of the year. good morng. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is off today. welcome to "news 4 today" as we take a live look outside right now. it's 5:00 a.m. and we are down at 68 degrees. so much cooler than it's been the last couple of morning. and it's going to stay this way for awhile. >> i just thought i could hear a chorus of aaah off in the distance. >> and applause for you. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. well, we've had a wonderful change occur overnight. you can see it in the sky there. look at the visibility. excellent visibility this morning. the summer haze is gone. and temperature down to a comfy 71 at reagan national. mid 70s right by the bay, just a mile away from the waters. down into the 60s on t
.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the beginning of august and assume the cia director's job on september 6th. >>> ahead a heartbreaker for the u.s. women. this morning why one young fan has become an internet sensation. >>> duke and duchess of cambridge invited by the queen to scotland. apparently, this is the first time kate has been invited to the balmoral estate. the queen spends time there every september. >>> it's going to be a steamy week starting out this monday morning. let's get the latest on the weather today with veronica johnson in the storm center. >> today is going to be one of those days, in fact one of those weeks, coming right through the weekend where you're going to want to stay hydrated. temperatures this morning running in the 70s already. it's 76 degrees at reagan national airport. they've got a light wind out of the south and southwest at 8 miles per hour. let's take a look at the temp
's newspapers. >>> and sergeant surprise. a marine serving in afghanistan takes a chance on youtube and asks a favorite actress, mila kunis, to a military ball. >> take a second to think about it, get back to me. >> her response? yes! and now he's the envy of the corps. this is "today" on july 12th, corps. this is "today" on july 12th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm ann curry. >> i'm matt lauer. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. welcome back. we really missed you. partner in crime. >> i had perfect weather on vacation. now that perfect sunny weather has turned perfect, sunny and brutally hot. if you're in the new york area today, hopefully your afternoon plans will be indoor. 103 today. >> we're not alone. heat advisories have been issued for at least 18 states, matt. and in illinois, the dangerous temperatures are blamed for at least one death. we'll get details and al's forecast straight ahead. >>> nbc news investigates a controversy involving gop presidential hopeful michele bachmann. she owns a christian coun
arrived in iraq sunday after a visit to afghanistan. it's his first visit since taking office july 1st. three or four rockets hit the green zone in baghdad early this morning, an apparent signal from insurgents that they were aware of panetta's arrival. 15 soldiers were killed in iraq last month. panetta said iraqi extremists are being armed by iran with sophisticated weapons they're using to find and kill american forces. >> we're very concerned about iran and weapons they're providing to extremists here in iraq. and the reality is that we've seen the results of that in june. we lost a hell of a lot of americans as a result of those attacks. >> reporter: secretary panetta also said he is requesting that iraqi security forces step up security for american troops. if that doesn't happen, he said he has the sole authority to order u.s. military forces to conduct combat operations against the insurgents. >>> the fbi is leading an investigation into the discovery of a stun gun on board a jetblue airplane. cleaning staff found the device, which closely resembles a smartphone in the back sea
david petraeus stepped down from his post as the top u.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the end of august. he will then assume the cia director's job september 6th. >>> doctors treated hosni mubarak are denying rumors this morning that the former egyptian president suffered a stroke or is in a coma. the medical team mubarak had low blood pressure and felt dizzy but that he's now in stable condition. the 83-year-old has been hospitalized since april for heart trouble. he's also under arrest on charges he ordered the killing of protestors during egypt's uprising. >>> this morning a colorado woman is in trouble accused of groping a tsa agent. the tsa says 61-year-old ukari mahame grabbed a tsa agent's breast at the airport. mahame admits to grabbing the agent. she faces a felony sexual abuse charge. >>> sears posted an online ad selling the ipad2 for $69. here's a look at the ad from techcrunch.com. sears s
, celebrities, and families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. police are investigating the list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. >>> it seems like kids just got out of school, but that hasn't stopped retailers from thinking about september already. some are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back to school items. some toys r us stores started a pack to school sale on backpacks and lunch boxes on july 1st. not to be left behind, walgreens, walmart, staples, office depot, and target all have either started or are about to start their back to school sales. it's just not right, joe. it's too early. i want to enjoy my summer. >> we have july 4th. labor day can't be far behind. >> then halloween and christmas. >> midterms, finals, halloween, christmas. >> be complaining about cold weather again. >> happy new year. >> let's check in with tom. >> i just got a new lunch pail with transformers on it. >>> there is the washington monument under a hazy summer sky. live picture
, a roadside bomb blast killed 18 people in afghanistan. police say a mini bus ran over a bomb in the southern helmand province. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. there are children among the dead. 2011 has been a deadly year so far. the united nations reports the number of afghan civilians killed has risen by 15% compared to last year. >>> a handful of teenagers are accused of breaking into a fire station in southeast washington. according to the washington examiner, thieves ransacked the fire station along the atlantic avenue on tuesday while crews were fighting the flames along savannah street. the burglars trashed the watch officer's desk, then stole items, including a uniform, a camera, a wallet, and a firefighter's bmw. the teens, age 14 through 18, reportedly took the car out for a joyride and ditched it. they have identified the teens but so far haven't made any arrests. >>> today will be leslie johnson's last day on the prince george's county council. johnson's resignation takes effect on sunday. the council will hold a special election within 90 days. there a
of families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. this comes as the paper's owner, news international, faces similar accusations. authorities say the tabloid "news of the world" tapped into voicemails of families of murder victims. one case involved a teen abducted and killed in 2002. authorities say the tabloid deleted voicemail messages on her cell phone, which gave her family false hope. news international's owner rupert murdoch called the new allegations unacceptable. >>> preparations are under way for the royal couple's visit to california. they will land at the los angeles airport tomorrow. they're only in los angeles for three days. the duke and duchess will attend a business event for british trade at the beverly hills hilton hotel. a charity polo match. and a job fair. the couple is taking extra measures to make sure that they have some privacy. they have legally secured paparazzi-free zones. that means that if the photographers get too close, they could get arrested. >>> meanwhile, the duke and duchess are wrapping up their visit to canada. at the last minute they decided to
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big
in afghanistan. so far more than 400,000 people have seen this video. go for it. >> yeah, you never know unless you ask. >> exactly. >>> well, we're asking about the weather today. tom is here to tell us the answer about how hot it's going to get. the answer is really hot. >> indeed. >>> look at the sky now. a beautiful blueberry, peaches and cream and gnats sunrise. you can see the gnats lying around the camera there. we've got the steam heat there. very humid around the region. upper 70s in washington. right by the bay, southern maryland, eastern shore, already around 80 degrees. farther west and north, we're in the 70s. low to mid-70s throughout most of virginia, maryland, and the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia. in the west, it's dipped into the upper 60s. there's the beautiful sunrise beginning to take shape. by 9:00, mid-80s. by noon time the low 90s. by midafternoon we ought to peak at the record high of near 99 degrees to 100. and the air quality also diminishing this afternoon, code orange. and late afternoon into the evening hours, there's a small chance of some scattere
in afghanistan. a bodyguard has assassinated the half brother of afghan president hamid karzai. ahmed wali karzai was head of the kandahar provincial council. he recently was accused of being on the cia payroll and being involved in drug trafficking. he denied the charges. >>> our time is 6:07. it is 78 degrees. coming up, new drink size now sold at starbucks. this is a huge drink. the kincaids live here. across the street, the padillas. ben and his family live here, too. ben's a re/max agent, and he's a big part of this community. there are lots of reasons why re/max agents average more sales than other agents. experience, certainly. but maybe it's also because they care about the markets they serve and the neighbors who rely on them. nobody sells more real estate than re/max. visit remax.com today. >>> there's the sunrise over washington. a live look at that gorgeous skyline of the at 6:10 it is now 78 degrees, but the mercury is going a lot higher this morning. it's going to get really, really hot. in fact, record breaking. >> hard to believe that something that beautiful could be so ugly. whe
angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> ann thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. >> i was working yesterday in the newsroom. no one was working. everyone was cheering. we got it on the air. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the mo
in afghanistan and iraq. they have blogged on their website. >> i don't know what monkey butt is. >> very anti-monkey butt. >> basically chafing season. it gives you a red booty. this has calamine in it to stop the itching and talc to absorb. i'm just the messenger. but this is amazing. >> i learned way too much about monkey butt. >> bobbie thomas, thank you. >>> still to come this morning, they're crazy for tomatoes. they're plain old crazy. the scotto family whipping up an italian feast. but first, these messages. ♪ i can run just like the wind ♪ i will hide up in that tree ♪ no one will ever find me ♪ wish this day would never end ♪ ♪ would you like to be my friend? ♪ ♪ everybody's trying hard to catch me ♪ [ sneezes ] [ female announcer ] only kleenex® brand has sneeze shield in all its tissues to help catch sneezes in their tracks so kids can pass on the fun of being a kid. sneeze shield your kids wherever they go. now in new convenient on-the-go packs. ♪ that comes from a leafkids sweet surprise ♪rue love ♪ ♪ it's natural, guilt-free no artificiality ♪ ♪ it
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